Arundel slides past Glen Burnie, 4-2

April 29, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

Glen Burnie coach Bruce Sider remembers the days when Arundel used to win baseball games with intimidation as well as talent.

Once the Wildcats threw their gloves on the field, it was often over. Down by seven or eight runs? No problem, big rally coming up.

Such is the aura surrounding Arundel after more than two decades under Bernie Walter.

The Wildcats have captured six state titles in Walter's time and last year won Collegiate Baseball's mythical national title as well as the state championship.

But for Glen Burnie, at least, the days of being intimidated may be over. The unranked Gophers (7-5) lost, 4-2, to No. 3 Arundel (11-2) yesterday, but Sider saw no signs that his players were awed or intimidated.

"A lot of our kids play American Legion ball and face the Arundel guys several times a summer," Sider said.

"They're used to the aggressiveness and the way they play ball. I'm proud of the way we played today."

Hitting has been Glen Burnie's problem most of the season. The Gophers got only five hits, including Keith Volkman's triple, off Arundel's Wade Rolocut.

"The bottom line is we don't hit consistently," Sider said. "As a team, we're at .250, maybe. With runners in scoring position, we're .200 or lower. We leave a lot on base."

Glen Burnie's ace, Ken Baker (5-1), gave up eight hits in absorbing his first defeat. Although his fastball is a modest 72 mph, he prospers with off-speed pitches.

The Wildcats mixed walks, stolen bases and an error with two scratch singles for three third-inning runs.

They added their final run in the seventh on a walk and three solid hits, including Jamie Stoddard's ringing double.

"We didn't swing a lot of bats today," Walter said, noting that seven regulars were batting over .300 entering the game.

Arundel played "awful defense" early in the season, Walter said, but improved and had three straight errorless games going into yesterday's game.

The Wildcats made three errors, including two in the sixth inning when Glen Burnie scored its second run.

"We were shaky in that inning," Walter said. "Otherwise, we were OK defensively and Rolocut pitched really well and was strong at the end."

Maybe the Wildcats didn't intimidate anybody. They simply played, as Walter observed, "well enough to win."

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